People from around the country have donated more than $630,000 for the city’s Firemans Fund honoring the nine firefighters lost in last week’s Sofa Super Store blaze. The city held a press conference Thursday to accept a $51,000 donation from Metropolitan Grapevine, a D.C.-area marketing firm that’s founders, Andrew Williams and Isaac Smith, came from Charleston.

Mayor Riley and City Councilwoman Frances Bleeker praised the support the city has received.

“It has brought out the best in people and the generosity and love and spirit,” Bleeker said.

Heroes are too easily forgotten, Smith said, noting he wanted to see buildings and schools named after the fallen firefighters.

“We want them to be remembered every day, not just this week,” he said.